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Building Bridges National: Lincoln Cantata - Earl Robinson's Lonesome Train

Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report
National Edition
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
28 minutes

Earl Robinsonâs Cantata, Lonesome Train,
as part of Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial

The Riverside Church in NYC presented the Aaron
Copland School of Music at Queens College, The NYC
Labor Chorus and The Riverside Inspirational Choir in
Earl Robinsonâs cantata, The Lonesome Train in honor
of the 200th birthday of the great emancipator Abraham
Lincoln. The work had not been heard in its entirety for
more than 50 years.

The performance was conducted by Maurice Peress
and featured theatrical direction by Lorca
Peress,a narrator played by acclaimed actress Ruby Dee
(American Gangster, Steam), a chorus led by a balladeer,
Michael Mark (I Love My Wife, Cotton Patch Gospel),
barn-dance caller David Amram (composer/Author/Jazz
musician), banjo soloist Eric Weissberg (Dueling Banjos,
Deliverance) and Sam Waterston (Law and Order) as
President Lincoln. The four join gospel preacher Tyrone
Aiken and his choir, a barn dance caller and fiddler to
honor Lincolnâs message of âa new nation conceived in

The Riverside production was introduced by Pete Seeger.
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Building Bridges is regularly broadcast live over WBAI,
99.5 FM in the N.Y.C Metropolitan area on Mondays from
7-8pm EST and is streamed, archived and pod cast at .
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Building Bridges National Edition is regularly broadcast over:

WGOT - Gainesville, Florida.
WUOW - Oneonta, N.Y.
WWUH, - West Hartford, CT
WVJW- Benwood, WV
KRFP, Moscow, ID
KCSB, Santa Barbara, CA
WXOJ, Northampton, MA
KSOW,Cottage Grove, Oregon
WKNH ,Keene, NH
CKDU, Halifax, N.S., Canada
KRFC, Fort Collins, Colorado
WRPI, Troy, New York
WNRB, Wausau, WI
KRBS, Oroville, CA
WHLD, Buffalo, NY
Free Radio Olympia, Olympia,WA
KQRP Salida, California
East Hill Radio, Snoqualmie, WA
KSKQ, Ashland, Oregon
KWMD, Kasiloff-Anchorage, Alaska
WPRR, Grand Rapids, Michigan

as well as internet stations:

Radio Veronica, West Point, PA
The Journey Radio
Seattle Radical Radio
Radio for Peace International
Radio Labourstart
Grateful Dread Public Radio

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Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg